Hartland News, Vermont Journal, July 5, 1884

If any of the brethren in the democratic fold should be inclined to favor the election of Gen. BUTLER, they are recommended to read, as an aid to the understanding, ” A narrative of the services of the officers and enlisted men of the 7th regiment of Vermont Volunteers, (veterans) from 1862 to 1866, by Wm. C. HOLBROOK, late Colonel 7th Vt. Veteran Vols.” We have read a copy belonging to A. A. MARTIN who was a member of the regiment above named.

Frank GILBERT has made substantial improvements on the foundry buildings, new foundations and new roof of old growth fine shingles being among them. Here the business of Hartland properly commences, it being the place where Lull brook begins its work of turning water-wheels. From this place to ASHWORTH’s, MERRITT’s, A. A. MARTIN, MARTIN & STICKNEY’s ending at LYMAN’s the brook finds no rest.

Frank O. PENNIMAN, of Grafton, contracted to work for C. H. FRENCH, one year from April last, worked about two months, quit and “returned to the place from whence he came.” FRENCH, as anyone would, sued for damages. The case was heard June 25th, before Justice STURTEVANT, who gave judgement in favor of the complainant of $25 and costs. ENRIGHT of Windsor, looked after the interests of FRENCH, and WALKER of Grafton those of PENNIMAN.

Fred I. MARCY, of Providence, R. I., was in town last week on a brief visit and made arrangements with Oscar DAVIS to remain with his father, Mr. Ithamar MARCY, whose unfortunate mental condition renders constant watchfulness necessary.

Joseph E. RICE caught a bear in a trap he had set for crows, but it got away.

We have been shown, during the past week, some very pretty specimens of ladies’ work, among which may be mentioned a patchwork robe, by Mrs. George S. LEONARD, a lounge cover, by Miss Helen HARDING, and a table cover, by Miss Maud LABAREE. The two former are of worsted and the latter of silk, all being of the “crazy” pattern.

Mrs. Lucy DUNHAM of Bethel, sister of Mrs. Taylor ALEXANDER, of this town, died last week of apoplexy. The shock occurred while riding with a son. She was driven rapidly home and taken from the carriage, but never spoke, and died in a few hours. Her last words were to her son: “Drive me home as quick as you can, I feel dreadfully.”

The frost and freeze of early June destroyed most of the fruit in this section, but the re-blosoming trees of station agent LABAREE leads one to think that Nature, repenting the mischief done, had set about repairing the damage she had caused.

Frank C. CARPENTER has made important improvements in the griddle cake baker. As first made it had some weak points, but any woman who finds fault with it now should be doomed to everlastingly go without her griddle cakes. While on the subject of inventions, it may be stated A. C. MARCY, at Four Corners, has invented a kitchen utensil which will doubtless prove a great blessing to the ladies. N. F. ENGLISH is perfecting the model, but we are not permitted to be more definite till the patent is secured.

I. W. LAWRENCE, for many years known in Windsor as the best shoemaker in town, except one, made the newsroom a welcome call last week Thursday. He is now located on one of the best farms between Brownsville and Felchville, the old BENJAMIN place, keeps seven or eight cows, has all the latest improvements for dairying, including the Cooley creamer, raises his own wheat, which he brings her to MERRITT’s mill to get ground, and is, we judge happy and prosperous. We are glad of it.

Henry HARDING, the well known civil engineer, who has spent some months with his brother Watson, at the Four Corners, left last week for Massachusetts.

The following is the report of Miss Clara A. LAMB, teacher of the intermediate school in Hartland Village: Whole number of scholars, 21; average attendance per day, 19 3/4; not absent during the term, Frank DICKINSON, Bayard LYMAN, Ernest MARTIN, Addie BRITTON, Nellie DICKINSON, Ethel LITCH, Maud MARTIN, Inez STICKNEY, Laura STICKNEY; not tardy, Addie BRITTON, Nellie DICKINSON, Ethel LITCH, Maud MARTIN, Nellie SMALL, Lena SPAULDING, Florence STURTEVANT, Lillian STURTEVANT, Mabel STURTEVANT, Mabel WILLARD; 1st rank, Nellie SMALL 9.94; 2nd rank, Maud MARTIN, 9.91; 3rd rank Alice SPAULDING, 9.87.

School in dist. No. 1 taught by Cora M. McARTHUR, closed June 27. Whole number of pupils, 22; not absent or tardy, Arthur SPEAR, Kate AINSWORTH, Lucy CHASE, Abbie JONES, Abbie MURPHY, Edith MURPHY, May STURTEVANT, Gertie STURTEVANT, Flora TURNER; not absent but tardy, Flora SPEAR, Eddie SPEAR; not tardy but absent, Allie TURNER, Leroy HADLEY, Eddie HADLEY, George MURPHY, Fred RAHUE, Willie RAHUE, Frank SHERWIN; absent 1 day, Allie TURNER.

Quite a collection of old clocks can be sen at the shop of N. F. ENGLISH, one the property of Napoleon LUCE, was made for Judge LUCE, and fitted to a room in his house now owned by B. P. RUGGLES. There are four of them in all, mostly left for restoration of some missing parts. There is also a very ancient and curious German clock to be seen in the same place. Several of these old clocks are scattered babout town. Asa J. WEEK owns four, two of them having very beautiful inlaid cherry cases. Dr. D. F. RUGG and A. C. MARCY own each one.

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Hartland News, Vermont Journal, August 2, 1884

A curious piece of mechanism in the shape of a clock may be seen at the residence of Lorenzo MORRISON, made by him thirty years ago.

Howard MILLER is building a new two story house at North Hartland, and E. H. LEWIN a new meat market to contain a 10 X 14 refrigerator.

R. L. BRITTON is again on the road with meat.

Ira BLANCHARD, No. Hartland, has a cow and calf, and the ages of both added together make only fourteen months.

In C. P. BURK’s two car loads of stock, last week, was a yoke of oxen weighing 4200 lbs., bought of Elisha GALLUP, and a calf bought of John S. SLEEPER, weighing 178 lbs.

Miss Addie SLADE of Waltham, Mass., spent last week with her brother, Elmer, at B. F. LABAREE’s.

David BARBER is finishing tinman BILLINGS’ new building, David is a useful citizen; can turn his hand to anything from cleaning a carpet to building a meeting house.

F. A. GILE is round with his rollers moving buildings. One moved for James WALKER, on the HENDRICK place, and another for D. F. RUGG, in the village, while the places of the respective owners have been greatly improved, shows plainly that the mover understands his business.

An interesting temperance lecture was delivered in the Methodist church by David TATUM, minister of the Society of Friends.

Regular services at the Methodist church, Rev. Mr. BARROWS, pastor.

J. G. MORGAN, on Weed hill, estimates his apple crop at 200 bushels.

Mattie KEYES has concluded her visit with her aunt Mrs. Lorenzo WOOD, at the Four Corners, and gone to see her mother, “up north.”

William BENSON, assistant steward of the American Asylum at Hartford, Conn., left town this week for the scene of his labors. he was appointed watchman on the recommendation of C. H. GILSON, and on the death of Mr. CROSSETT, was appointed to his present position. he is a young man of good habits and will make a good officer.

James G. BATES had string beans, July 12th; and new potatoes, cucumbers and ripe tomatoes the 18th, from his garden.

Mrs. C. H. HOISINGTON had ripe tomatoes on June 1st–when she set them out.

ASHWORTH’s factory is now running altogether on yarns, large quantities of which is shipped to Philadelphia, to be woven into shawls.

School in district No. 13, taught by Stella M. ROGERS, closed July 25.  Whole number of pupils 12; not absent nor tardy, Mabel RODGERS; absent but one day, Harry JAQUITH; absent but not tardy, Nettie CROSBY, Lulu CROSBY, Frank JAQUITH, Harry JAQUITH, Lucy RODGERS, Harry WEEDEN; tardy but once, Frankie GREEN, Lillian THAYER.

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Hartland News, The Vermont Tribune, March 28, 1890

Miss Carrie E. PERRY returned to her school near Boston, last Saturday.

David STEEL is home from Holderness, N. H., on account of sore eyes, caused by la grippe.

The ladies of the Congregational society will give a sugar party at L. A. SHEDD’s, this evening.

Hon. E. M. GOODWIN, who has been ill for a long time, is not expected to recover.

Miss Ida METZ returned to her home in this village, Monday. She has been in Manchester, N. H., with her aunt, the past few weeks.

Mrs. Lucy TEMPLE, a lady 72 years of age, has, in the past six years, woven 3,000 yards of rug carpeting. Who gives a better record?

George A. DUNBAR is in Bellows Falls this week.

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Footnote:  The item about Mr. Steel’s sore eyes caused by “la grippe” may sound trivial, but it is not.  “La grippe” is a name given to the influenza pandemic that was raging through the US at this time. From an article by the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota,

The “Asiatic Flu”, 1889–1890, was first reported in May 1889 in Bukhara, Uzbekistan. By October, it had reached Tomsk and the Caucasus. It rapidly spread west and hit North America in December 1889, South America in February–April 1890, India in February–March 1890, and Australia in March–April 1890. It was purportedly caused by the H2N8 type of flu virus. It had a very high attack and mortality rate. About 1 million people died in this pandemic.

Hartland News, Vermont Tribune, December 13, 1889

Gospel meetings were held at the M. E. church every afternoon and evening,  last week.

Rev. Allen HAZEN was in Boston, last week.

Mrs. Dr. RUGG and Master Harold were at Proctorsville with Mrs. Sarah HAGAR, last week.

Mrs. Jane GOVE of Springfield, Mass., is in town.

Miss Carrie E. PERRY left, recently, for Boston, where she has secured a situation as teacher.

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Hartland News, Vermont Tribune, February 22, 1889

A sleigh ride, supper, and a few hours indulgence in the fashionable game of whist, was enjoyed by a company of gentlemen and ladies from Windsor, last week, at the Pavilion House.

Henry D. DUNBAR of the Baldwin Locomotive Works is at his home in North Hartland for a short time.

Frank E. BADGER, while cutting wood for I. N. SARGENT, a few days ago, had the misfortune to split his great toe through the middle, leaving half the bone on each side, the cut extending back among the bones in the foot. Dr. RUGG was called to dress the wound, and hopes the toe may be saved.

J. P. STILLSON and Frank MILLER are cutting lumber on the TRASK farm, for H. S. BRITTON.

Homer GILSON, son of Nathaniel GILSON of this town, has been appointed superintendent of the Tuckerton Railroad, in Connecticut – a road with which he has long been connected.

C. S. BRIGHAM, clerk for W. R. STURTEVANT for the past three years, has resigned his position and started, last Monday, for Florida, where he has a son living.

Mrs. S. M. DUNBAR has so far recovered from her injury as to be around the house again but her husband is gradually failing, having been confined to his bed for most two weeks.

A. A. MARTIN is the happy recipient of a beautiful gold watch with his name engraved on its face. His mother was the donor.

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Hartland News, Vermont Tribune, March 15, 1889

B. P. RUGGLES has recently received by mail, from Marseilles, France, three packages of Mediterranean sea-shells that were mailed at Marseilles last August, but being misdirected to “Wisconsin,” instead of Vermont, went astray and were sent to the dead letter office; from whence postmaster STEVENS received a notice that such packages were there and the inquiry if such a man was here. Mr. STEVENS’ reply brought the packages, containing 160 specimens of 40 species, about two quarts in bulk and 30 ounces in weight.

J. G. MORGAN has contracted all the maple syrup he makes this season to Mr. REED of Woodstock, for 70 cents per gallon.

Clarence MARTIN of Claremont was in town last week.

Three young men of the Methodist Seminary at Montpelier will give an entertainment in the M. E. church here, Wednesday evening of this week, after which the young people will serve cake and coffee in the vestry.

Our popular drum corps gave their drama, “The Firemen,” to a crowded house in Plainfield, last Saturday. They are invited to repeat it at North Hartland next Saturday evening.

The many friends of Miss Lena PERKINS will be glad to know that she is slowly improving.

George DAVIS has bought the Buckley MARCY place, at the Four Corners, for $400.

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Hartland News, Vermont Tribune, December 21, 1888

A class in French has been organized in this village, with Hugo CARY as instructor.

Arthur ALEXANDER is back again in his old place in E. M. RUSSELL’s wheel-wright-shop.

Mrs. Lewis ROGERS died, last week, and was buried Sunday, in the Plain Cemetery, beside her husband, who died last May.

Mrs. J. B. LINDSAY has sold her place on the Plain to Lawyer HOLT of Claremont, N. H. Fred McLAUGHLIN is to occupy the house.

Mrs. Henry T. MARSH of Woodstock is spending the winter with her daughter, Mrs. A. A. STURTEVANT.

About forty of the young folks held a party with Fred A. DUNDAR (DUNBAR?), Wednesday of last week.

Old Mr. WILLIAMSON, living on the Plain, is very ill, with no hopes of recovery.

Mrs. Olive GOVE died last Saturday morning, and was buried this (Tuesday) afternoon, Rev. C. M. CARPENTER officiating.

Charles E. FOLLANSBEE has been visiting friends in town, for a few days. He is employed in the insane asylum in Somerville, Mass.

Mrs. C. TRUAX has gone to East St. Johnsbury to care for a sick sister, who is considered hopelessly insane.

Norman PERRY has entered into a business arrangement with Gen. Henry A. FARRINGTON of Manchester, N. H. which necessitates his removal from this village. His wife, Mrs. Dr. PERRY, will accompany him.

Oliver SMITH is again on the street, after being laid up for several weeks, caused by a fall from a tree, while picking apples.

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Hartland News, Vermont Tribune, September 13, 1889

Many of the young people are away at school.  A. C. STEVENS, Mary  STEVENS, and Gertie SMITH at Montpelier;  Katie AINSWORTH at St. Johnsbury;  Ida METZ at Orford, N. H.;  Florence STURTEVANT at Hartford, Conn.

Miss Hortense CLEVELAND is teaching in the Jenne district;  Miss Winnie BARNES, a graduate of the high school at White River Junction, in the Burke district;  Daniel LYMAN in Felchville;  Miss Lena CLOUGH of White River Junction in the village school.  The school-house has  been newly whitewashed and papered and otherwise improved.

Will M. PENNIMAN left town, last week, to enter Dartmouth College.

Mr. and Mrs. Fred CLARKE left town, Monday, for York Beach in Maine. They intend to be absent several weeks.

Solomon LADD and wife, of Lowell, Mass., have been recent guests of Mr. and Mrs. N. F. ENGLISH.

M. R. HEADLE of Middletown Springs and Will HEADLE of Rutland are guests of their father, R. W. HEADLE.

George SPAULDING comes to the front seat with tomatoes, having one raised in his garden that weighs two pounds and measures seventeen inches round it.

Mrs. E. H. PITKIN died very suddenly, Friday night, being sick only fifteen miuntes.  Heart disease supposed to be the cause.

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Hartland News, Vermont Journal, June 24, 1884

John SPEAR, one day last week, hitched his horse, with buggy attached, at Labaree’s store, by the wrong end of the driving reins, thus making it easy for the animal to take a circle round the hitch-post. Seeing the opportunity, the horse improved it. Wheelwright RUSSELL put in a new reach, thill, and cross-bar, and the buggy was again in running order.

The business of the Vermont Farm Machine Company, as we are informed by an officer of the company, was $140, 000 for the past year. The recent fire was confined to the old wood building and only caused a suspension of work for two or three days. The last order sent by general agent BATES, only last week, was numbered 24704.

Mrs. Prescott WRIGHT of Pepperell, Mass., daughter of Lewis PATRICK, an old time resident of the Forur Corners, has made a recent visit among her many friends and relatives in this town and Windsor, where all were pleased to welcome back to ttheir homes one so well and favorably remembered. Mrs. WRIGHT is a sister of O. L. and N. W. PARTRICK, of Windsor.

W. R. STURTEVANT, as executor of the estate of Sam’l CONANT of this town, sold at the house of Albert AIKENS, in Barnard, June 12, the following named real estate, 82 acres pasture, mowing and woodland to A. B. STEWART for $300, and 12 acres woodland, not easily reached, for $10 to Elmer F. ABBOTT.

Delegates to the republican convention at Montpelier, June 18: A. A. MARTIN, O. W.WALDO, J. H. EASTMAN.

The Methodist parsonage has been much improved in appearance by moving the barn.

John HARDING, of White River Junction was in town last week with two more stones for Hartland cemetery. One of Italian marble, was set over the remains of Mrs. Cyrus W. ROGERS, and the other, of Tennessee marble, over the remains of E. W. PERRY. This cemetery owes much of its best work to Mr. HARDING.

The old historic brook, that winds around the green slopes and through the rich meadows of Hartland village, has yielded uncommonly satisfactory results to the fishermen of late, and the honors are about even with H. L. DICKINSON, F. C. CARPENTER, Geo. DAVIS and Julius LAMB. But the best of all is, two little girls, Florence STURTEVANT and Addie BRITTON, took it into their heads that they “would a-fishing go,” and after a brief stay at
the brook they came home, each with a half pound trout, less but a very small fraction.

Taylor ALEXANDER, a well known citizen residing in Hartland village, was married the 11th inst to Miss Martha E. PIERCE, of Claremont, N. H. The marriage services were performed at the house of Judge E. VAUGHN, in Claremont village, by Rev. Frank A. THOMPKINS.

The young men of this village have organized a skating rink which is to be known as The Hartland Skating club. The officers are: Elmer SLADE, president;  W. T. RICHARDSON,  Secretary and Treasurer; Building Committee, Jesse V. JOHNSON and Frank P. MARTIN.

George F. STURTEVANT is painting his house in this village. The color, formerly pea green, is to be pure white. Frank, his son, is putting a part of his summer vacation to good use by doing the work.

During this writing several artists are engaged in applying “Brandon brown” to the outside surface of WALDO & DICKINSON’s block.

Good specimens of carriage work were taken from WALDO’s paint shop this week. Among these was the covered carriage of H. B WATRISS and a buggy belonging to A. C. MARCY, both of the Four Corners. WALDO has been obliged to keep two or three men a part of the time tokeep out of the way of his orders. A. A. MARTIN has work enough for one painter nearly all the time.

Mrs. F. P. BARSOW is not altoghether pleased with her pure blood stock of swine, introduced on the farm by her son, the Judge, while on a visit here from California. She has had no increase in the herd owing to the pig-eating proclivities of the mother who, for two succeeding years, has swallowed the whole of the progeny as soon as born.

One day last week, while planing hard wood plank at the mill of MARTIN & STICKNEY, the cutter, revolving at an uncommonly high rate of speed, burst into three parts, the fragments being projected with fearful velocity by the heads of F. P. MARTIN and Charles BAILY who were tending the machine at the time.

June 8, rye stands on the farm of J. C. HOLT 5 feet 4 inches, as shown in the news room by his son J. H. HOLT.

The young men interested in the skating rink at Martinsville, have organized under the name of The First Skating Rink Association of hartland. The officers are: A. A. MARTIN, Pres.; John STRONG, Secretary and Treasurer:  Lucian SMALL, Geo. SPAULDING and A. E. HILL, business committee.

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Hartland News, Vermont Tribune, March 29, 1889

A. L. DAVIS has purchased the Silas WILDER farm on Densmore hill, paying therefor $500.

Mrs. BARSTOW’s farm at the Four Corners has been sold to Frank E. KING of Lebanon, N. H., for $4,500. The family have moved in.

Curtis FLOWERS and Marvin WHITCOMB have just bought, cut and drawn an elm tree from A. L. DAVIS’ farm , which yielded over five cords of wood.

John P. STILSON has hired the Dan SEAVER farm in West Windsor and will soon move on it.

Mr. RICHARDSON of Olcott Falls has moved into Mrs. SUMNER’s house. Mrs. SUMNER goes to Hartford, Conn., to live with her daughter.

Mrs. Ellen B. KETCHUM and son Henry leave, Wednesday, for Denver, Col. Charles BACKUS, who has been in their employ the past year, is to accompany them.

The Methodist Seminary at Montpelier will have as students from this town, during the next term, A. C. STEVENS, Miss Mary STEVENS, and Miss Gertrude SMITH.

Miss Carrie E. PERRY is home from Middletown Springs, stopping at J. H. EMERSON’s.

Allen SLADE of Proctor is stopping at B. F. LABARREE’s.

Milo HEADLE, a well-known teacher, is at home with his father, R. W. HEADLE.

Mrs. L. WHITMORE and son Frank, from Nebraska, are visiting at J. A. McARTHUR’s.

Abbie JONES is home from Haverhill, Mass.

Mrs. LAWRENCE and daughter Lottie, of Malden, Mass., are spending a few weeks with C. V. N. WINSLOW.

The concert given a Pavilion hall by the “little old folks” was a decided success. The only bad thing about it was sore sides from laughing.

Mrs. E. S. SLADE of Proctor is at her old home in this village.

Mrs. Will SPAULDING of St. Albans is at George SPAULDING’s.

Mrs. Oliver BROTHERS died very suddenly at North Hartland, last week, at the age of 76 years. She retired in good health at night and was dead in the early morning.

A little grandchild of Amon ROYCE died of pneumonia, last week, aged three months.

Mrs. Catherine SHEPARD died last Wednesday and was buried Saturday, Rev. C. M. CARPENTER officiating.

William SHORT, for many years a farmer in this town, but who has of late been with his daughter in Concord, N. H., died in that city and was brought here for burial, the 16th.

Mrs. Huldah HAMMOND died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Z. WALKER, Tuesday night, funeral on Thursday. There are many more sick, and it seems as if the death angel was hovering over this town.

The snow is fast disappearing and the traveling is quite good in some places; on the hills the mud is deep yet. The blue birds, robins and ground birds, are again with us telling us spring has come once more.

Miss Luna JOHNSON has gone to Sunapee to work for Mrs. MARTIN.

Miss Alice SPAULDING has gone to Claremont, N. H., to work in a millinery store.

Charles St. CLAIR has moved from Martinville to Mrs. LADD’s house on the plains.

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